worm or no to worm

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Billy7871, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. Billy7871

    Billy7871 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Should you worm even if there are no visible worms? If so what kind of wormer should I use?
     
  2. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your chickens look healthy, are laying fine, good weight, etc.. I would not worm. If you suspect worms, keep a very close eye on their poo, and see if you find anything--this will tell you what type of worms, and thus, what wormer to use. If you don't see anything, and still suspect worms, you could have a fecal float done to see what is there and what to use. If they have not been wormed, I would be nervous about using a broad-based wormer such as Ivermectin right off the bat, start with Wazine if you don't know what to do, or can't get a fecal float.
     
  3. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, there is no reason to worm your birds if there is no indication that they have worms.
     
  4. Country4ever

    Country4ever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I second that. Deworming can be really hard on the chickens. I have a question about this that I've already posted..........I send a composite stool specimen to the vet's once a year, and check for worms. I'm just not sure if the usual fecal test gets all the chicken worms too. But if it does, I think its a great way to test for worms without just treating all of them for no reason.
     

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